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Advent Calendar–Heart Felt Truths–10% off coupon code

22 Oct

When I read Treasuring God in Our Traditions for the first time 8 years ago, I was intrigued by the Advent Calendar that Noel Piper mentions in the book. After a few short clicks at the Desiring God website, I had an Advent Calendar ordered and heading straight to my house. Two months later was Christmas, and we used it that first year. Our son was 5 1/s months old. He had no idea what we were doing or saying, but we did it anyway. Twelve months later we did it again; he enjoyed velcro-ing the item each night. In 2 months, we will go through the same Advent Calendar again for an 8th year. My boys are giddy when I get out the cardboard box each year. I love traditions.

Sadly, the Advent Calendar mentioned in Treasuring God in Our Traditions is no longer for sale from Desiring God. It is one of the two Advent Calendars that we use each year. When I was writing about the Advent Calendar last year, I happily discovered Heart Felt Truths (thank you, Google!). On her website you can download FREE patterns to MAKE THIS ADVENT CALENDAR! Wahoo!! Last year, I had several Suzanne Shares readers make their own Advent Calendars using the FREE patterns, and they were ADORABLE! I loved seeing the pictures of the Advent Calendars and their cute kiddos using them! 🙂

Over the past year, I have gotten to know Whitney, the gifted, amazing seamstress and creator behind Heart Felt Truths. She gave me the wonderful opportunity of reviewing her Easter Banner, and I just love, love, love her stuff! If making your own Noel Piper Advent Calendar (as I like to call it) using Heart Felt Truths FREE patterns sounds intimidating, the GREAT news is that Whitney sells DIY Kits for $16 at her ETSY Shop. Or, you can buy a completed set for $45. Whitney has graciously offered Suzanne Shares readers a 10% COUPON CODE (YAY!! Thank you, Whitney!)

Use the code: SHARETHETREASURE
for 10% off (expiration 10/31/13)

I love gearing up for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I love traditions like this Advent Calendar that we use again and again and again! YAY for living life on purpose!

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Book Club: Treasuring God in our Traditions

5 Oct

Book ClubIf you are a faithful Suzanne Shares blog reader, it is probably no surprise to you that books are an important part of my life. I can timeline my life based on books that I have read. I love that I have stumbled upon books throughout my lifetime that have permanently altered my life. Before reading said books, I was walking down one path, yet after reading said books, my life found itself on another path.

One reason that I wanted to start blogging was because deep down I am a researcher at heart and love to share the results of my research. If I am wanting to teach something new to our boys or wanting to be purposeful with a certain area of life, marriage, motherhood, I scour favorite blogs and/or seek the wisdom and counsel of godly men and women to find resources pertaining to my search topic. This is how I found each of the Bibles that we have loved and used with our boys. My researching endeavors have led me to some invaluable resources, and honestly, I just feel really, really, really selfish if I keep these treasures to myself!! Thus, Suzanne Shares was born!

One favorite topic of mine is traditions. In my short one year of blogging, I have written frequently about traditions. Much of what was birthed in the form of “Mosley Family” traditions was inspired by one book, Treasuring God in our Traditions by Noel Piper.

I have wonderful memories of holidays and holiday traditions with my family as a little girl, particularly Christmas. With the birth of our first son in 2005, I desired to initiate traditions for our new family of three. Noel Piper’s book was formative, inspiring, instructive for me, a new mom and young wife. Eight years later, many of the traditions that we started that first Christmas as a family of three (including one of these Advent calendars) remain constant components of our “Mosley Christmas traditions.” I am forever indebted to Noel Piper for sharing wisdom gleaned along her motherhood and parenting journey.

This summer my mind was taken back to this book, and I decided that I wanted to re-read it. I wanted a renewed vision for implementing and maintaining traditions in our family. With Thanksgiving and Christmas looming, I thought October would be a great month to revisit the book and walk through it again. Because I know myself and how easily I let ‘busyness’ creep into my life, I thought I should read this with other people. No, I am not perfect (SHOCKER!); I need accountability to actually follow through with it!

This week I had an epiphany! What better way to share this book with you, encourage you to read it, re-read it myself, and keep us accountable to read it than to have an online BOOK CLUB!  This will be the first ever Suzanne Shares Book Club. I’m not sure how often we’ll have the Suzanne Shares Book Club or what other books we’ll read together, but let’s dive in and go for it! How about it?!?! Are you in?

How the Suzanne Shares Book Club will work:
We will take the month of October to read through the book. The goal is to have the book read by November 1. Come back to Suzanne Shares on November 1 where I’ll share my thoughts. If you are a blogger or interested in sharing your thoughts about the book, I hope to make available a link up for you. I want to hear from you as well!

So, order your book, read it, and come back November 1 to share how this book has impacted you and your family! I pray that God will use this book to draw you and your family closer to Him and to commencing traditions in your family that treasure Him.

I’m soooooooooooooo excited!!!! 

Advent Jesse Tree Ornament Swap & Ornaments

30 Sep

It’s hard to believe that we’re in the 10th month of 2013! Time flies when you’re having fun, right?!?!? Well, October always reminds me that Christmas is just around the corner. It also reminds me that NOW is the perfect time to plan your Ornament Swap for your Advent Jesse Tree! 🙂 Plan your Ornament Swap this month (or for early November) so that you have your ornaments made, swapped and ready 2 months early in order to avoid the holiday craziness! What’s an Advent Jesse Tree? You can read my post here where I wrote about our family’s TWO favorite Advent calendars (one of which is the Advent Jesse Tree!)

If you are wanting to coordinate an Ornament Swap for the Advent Jesse Tree but don’t know where to start, have no fear! I wrote a post giving you detailed instructions about how to plan one!

For those of you signing up now to participate in an Ornament Swap, I thought I would include pictures of the 25 ornaments that my family has. I received these when I participated in an Advent Jesse Tree Ornament Swap 5 years ago. Hopefully, this will help to get your creative juices flowing. Remember, the ornaments can be SIMPLE…and don’t have to be Martha Stewart-esque. Since you’ll be making 25 of these guys, I suggest the simpler, the better. 🙂

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Days 1-5–My personal favorite from this batch–the snake painted on the apple. It’s easy to find apple ornaments and paint a snake on it! Now, I could even do that 25 times! 🙂 I LOVE this globe for day 1; it was above my craft skills (the continents are painted accurately on the globe!). However, I am thankful that someone with mad-craft-skills made it. Awesomeness, that’s what it is.
Advent Jesse 6-10

Days 6-10–A few of these are super easy for the craft-challenged folks (like myself). The ladder is made out of popsicle sticks painted brown. The 10 commandments were made on construction paper and laminated. The grapes were purchased as-is with a loop of raffia added for “hanging” purposes. The sheaf of wheat is hot glued in an “x” shape to a loop of ribbon.

Advent Jesse 11-15

Days 11-15–The stump with a shoot growing from it is an actual piece of wood with a silk leaf hot glued to it. The Bible ornament could also be a scroll. The Bible shown here is made out of foam. Or, you could chose the scroll option, roll up paper into a scroll, and you’re done! (The lion and the lamb and the dove with a crown are two of my personal faves! Again, thankful that non-craft-challenged friends made those; they’re amazing. I could not have pulled off these crafty gems.)

Advent Jesse 16-20

Days 16-20–These are some other marvelous ornaments that take little effort. The cross was purchased at a craft store, painted, and viola! The “heart with writing on it” is made on construction paper and laminated. The scene of Bethlehem was printed at home, glued to a navy background with a gold star drawn in the sky. The coolest part of the scene has been lost. 😦 The lower half of the original ornament had a strip of sandpaper cut to fit below the city scene. It made it look appropriately desert-ish. The last one is my personal favorite! It’s the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace. My friend used a tea light candle, removed the candle and hot glued orange mesh inside the empty tea light shell. It’s hard to see in the picture, but she drew stick men, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and the angel, on the outside of the tea light. Clever and oh-so-cute!

Advent Jesse 21-25

Days 21-25–I made the star–a salt dough ornament (SOOOOO easy! Remember, I’m craft-challenged). My friend made the CUTE pine-cone angel from a packet. I remember her commenting that it was 1)expensive and 2)difficult to make. She had to buy 25 angel ornament kits, and they were time consuming. Keep that in mind as you select your ornament. You will make 25 of these, so think through that as you decide from the myriad of options that you’ll find for, say, an angel ornament.

Advent Jesse NamesA list of participants–One of my favorite moments each year is unpacking our ornaments to gear up for our 25 days of Advent. I anticipate the unpacking because I unearth this piece of paper shown above. When I participated in the Ornament Swap 5 years ago, the swap coordinator included a list of the ornaments and their ornament makers. I knew these wonderful women from our sending church, which sent us out to plant a church 3 years ago this month. Seeing their names and remembering their faces is one of the highlight’s of my year. 🙂 If you are coordinating your Ornament Swap, I would encourage you to make a list like this, as well, for your swap participants.

Also, don’t forget to buy a copy of the devotion book to use with your ornament set! Also, you can download a list of the 25 ornaments here: Advent Jesse Tree ornaments

Come back and let me know your your Ornament Swap goes!

Crockpot Candy

30 Dec

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I feel like I must give a HUGE WARNING with this recipe. BEWARE–it is highly addictive! I was introduced to Crockpot Candy 8 Christmases ago. It was Christmas 2004, and I was about 11 weeks pregnant with our first son. A good friend of my in-laws gave them a tin filled with Crockpot Candy, and it was my downfall that Christmas. I could not stop eating this stuff, and the scales didn’t lie. I gained 8 pounds when I went to my OB appointment a couple of weeks later, and my OB told me to get it together! As Eve passed the blame to Adam in the Garden of Eden, I passed the blame to the Crockpot Candy. The Crockpot Candy made me gain the weight; it wasn’t my fault at all. 🙂

I make this yummy recipe every Christmas. Three reasons why I love this recipe…

1) It’s just YUMMY–Basically, Crockpot Candy is more adequately described as chocolate covered peanuts. How can you EVER go wrong with chocolate covered ANYTHING!?!?

2) The word “CROCKPOT” is in the recipe’s title–Don’t you love your Crockpot!?!? If not, you need to make that a New Year’s Resolution for 2013. For this recipe, the Crockpot does the work–dump ingredients, come back 3 hours later, drop the mixture by spoonfuls onto wax paper and you’re done!

3) This recipe makes SO MUCH–I make this every Christmas to use as gifts for friends and family. One batch of this recipe makes anywhere from 80-100 pieces (depending on how big you spoon out each piece). It makes great gifts for school teachers, Sunday School teachers, friends, mailmen, etc. Or, you can be like I did 8 Christmases ago…and eat a whole batch by yourself!

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  One of my favorite parts of making this recipe is hammering the Almond Bark. I’m sure there’s some other way to break the Almond Bark, but getting a little frustration out with the kitchen hammer is amazing.IMG_7478All of the ingredients are in my Crockpot! Now, I can go take a 3 hour nap while my Crockpot does all of the hard work.IMG_7487

3 hours later, the mounds of chocolate have melted into chocolate yumminess.

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Crockpot Candy

1 (16 ounce) jar salted peanuts*
1 (16 ounce) jar unsalted peanuts
1 (12 ounce) package chocolate chips (or 1 1/2 cups)
1 (4 ounce) bar German chocolate, broken into pieces
3 pounds white chocolate almond bark, broken into pieces

Put ingredients into a 4 or 5 quart crockpot in the order listed above.  Cover and cook 3 hours on LOW.  Do not remove lid during the 3 hours.  Turn off and cool slightly.  Mix thorougnly and drop by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper.  Let cool thoroughly.

*I usually use all unsalted peanuts.

DIY-Chex Mix (BYOM–Bring your own microwave!)

30 Dec

 IMG_7482 I mentioned in my Secret Angel post that we made lots of Chex Mix and Crockpot Candy for this fun, new Christmas tradition. I had every intention of posting my Chex Mix and Crockpot Candy recipes for you before Christmas, but alas, that didn’t happen. So, as many of you are preparing for FUN New Year’s Eve gatherings tomorrow night, I thought these simple and easy recipes might be helpful for you! So, I just had to share!

I love, love, love Chex Mix, and the pre-made Chex Mix bags that you can buy at the store, well, they just don’t cut it for me. I discovered this recipe several years ago, and it’s my “go to” recipe for Chex Mix, which I make in large quantities during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. I love this recipe because, unlike most Chex Mix recipes, you aren’t waiting hours on end by the oven (and stirring every hour!) for your Chex Mix to be made. You can whip this up in about 15 minutes from start to finish. Also, this recipe feeds a crowd. I love such recipes that take little effort and feed lots of people–always a WIN-WIN for me. Here are a few tips followed by the recipe:

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1) A glass bowl is required–Here’s a picture of the yumminess of melted butter and spices swirled together. Since this recipe is based on cooking your Chex Mix in the microwave, you’ll need a glass bowl! 🙂 Don’t put your stainless steel mixing bowl in the microwave (unless you’d like to have a fire in your home!). A microwave safe bowl is a necessity when you use this recipe.IMG_7480

2) Stirring trick: Small circular motion at the base of the bowl–By the time you dump all of the ingredients into your bowl, it will be FULL! Your Chex Mix will only taste like Chex cereal unless you stir the yummy butter liquid over all of the ingredients. This can be a challenge with a full bowl. The best way that I’ve found to remedy this is to stir with my spatula in small circles at the bottom of the bowl. This helps to cycle all of the cereal mixture through the pool of the melted butter mixture.

IMG_74863) Chex Mix+Paper Towels=BFF–One other “ingredient” that you find in the official recipe below is a good role of paper towels. To avoid butter splatter in your microwave while this is cooking, cover your bowl with a paper towel. Also, to cool off the Chex Mix after it’s cooked, pour it onto a couple of paper towels as shown above.

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Chex Mix
microwaveable!

1/4 cup butter
4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. salt AND garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. sugar
7 cups Rice, Corn, or Wheat Chex (or combination)
1 cup pretzels AND peanuts (or mixed nuts)

In microwave-safe bowl, melt butter.  Stir in Worcestershire sauce, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and sugar.  Gradually add cereal, peanuts, and pretzels.  Stir to coat evenly.  Microwave on high for 5-6 minutes, stirring thoroughly with spatula after 2 1/2 minutes.  Make sure to scrape sides and bottom of bowl.  (Be careful not to burn!)  Spread in single layer on paper towels.  Store in airtight containers.

Christmas tradition: Secret Angel

23 Dec

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Several Christmases ago, a family from our church left a small sack of goodies on our porch. We discovered them there after hearing and responding to our doorbell. The sack of goodies came with a cute little poem and an Angel coloring sheet. The poem explained that this random act of kindness was done by a friend who had quietly slipped away. It was such a fun surprise, and my boys loved being on the receiving end of a FUN Christmas surprise.

My boys were 2 1/2 and 6 months old (long before son #3 entered the scene!) at the time, but I filed away the poem and coloring sheet for when they were older. I got them both out this year and thought we’d start a new tradition this year–Secret Angel! 🙂  For Secret Angel, you need the poem and coloring sheet (download here: Secret Angel Poem & Coloring Sheet), some Christmas goodies, a vehicle and running shoes. 🙂 Here’s how we pulled off Secret Angel 2012:

1) Make a route for Secret Angel-I started out by making a list of the homes that we would visit. I told my sons that we were Secret Agents for Secret Angel. They were totally pumped…anything involving “spies”makes them happy. It was important to know how many homes were were visiting so that I could appropriately follow steps 2 and 3. 🙂

2) Whip up Christmas goodies–I spent the afternoon making yummy Chex Mix and Crockpot Candy. Don’t worry, I’ll be posting those recipes soon. 🙂 Knowing, in advance, how many homes were were visiting helped me determine how much to cook.

3) Package your Christmas goodies–Buy cute “Merry Christmas” food packages like these, Christmas tins, or a plain ol’ brown paper lunch sack. Whatever suits your fancy.

4) Print The Secret Angel Poem & Coloring Sheet-You’ll need one set of the 2 pages for each house.

5) Load the family up in your vehicle…and GO!-We mapped our route around town to hit the homes on our list. We chose to go after dark so that our van could be camouflaged by the darkness.

6) Stop, Knock, Drop and Roll–Actually, that should be Drop, Knock and Roll! The plan at each house was to put the sheets & goodies on the porch, knock and run to the getaway car–aka the family van!  After the first couple of houses, we realized that the boys were only knocking, very softly, a couple of times. So, we had to coach them up to knock loudly and to knock TEN times before sprinting back to the van.

It was such a fun, fun night. I loved watching my boys do something for someone else during a season where, no matter how hard we try, so much is focused on them. They all said multiple times that they were having fun! Made this Momma’s heart happy. 🙂 It was fun riding wildly all over town, enjoying the Christmas light, and just being together. Fun, fun memories made and definitely the first year of many, many years of Secret Angel. 🙂

Merry, Merry Christmas!

Chocolate Chip Cookies (with a Christmas twist!)–freezeable!

23 Dec

One wonderful, delicious, still makes-my-mouth-water, heirloom (passed to me from my mother, who got it from her mother!) recipe that never loses its magic is my Mom’s, actually my Grandmother’s, Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. I make it ALL the time, and I’ve learned how to freeze it. So, anytime I need dessert in a hurry, I pull out homemade, from scratch chocolate chip cookie dough and make cookies. The cookies are ALWAYS a hit. This is an easy, frugal, cooking from scratch recipe for homemade chocolate chip cookies. No need to buy the ‘ready-made’ dough at the store when you can make this recipe at home, freeze it and pull it out anytime!

I posted this list of 25 Ways Your Family Can Serve Together at Christmas last month and was inspired by its great ideas. One of the ways that we chose to serve others this Christmas is to make cookies and deliver them to a Police or Fire station on Christmas Day. We’re planning to do this on Tuesday. I had some extra time last week, so I took advantage of that and whipped up a batch of cookie dough. However, since it’s Christmas, I substituted Christmas M&M’s instead of chocolate chips. 🙂 I can’t wait to take these to the Police or Fire Station with my family on Tuesday. If you, too, want to do this, I’ve included the recipe below:

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I must confess that mixing all of the ingredients for the dough is so much easier with my KitchenAid Mixer. I saved my Christmas money 3 years ago and bought one from Costco. Why, oh why, did I wait so long to buy one?!?! I no longer break my arm mixing this by hand. Trust me, its hard.
IMG_7299 Once the chocolate chips or M&Ms are mixed in, I take the dough and form it into balls in order to freeze it.IMG_7300 One recipe makes about 2 logs of cookie dough. I wrap them individually in cling wrap.IMG_7304I put both logs of dough into a Ziploc Freezer Bag (Gallon Size)* and through them into my freezer. When I need to make cookies, I put the dough in the refrigerator 24 hours ahead, or if I’m in a hurry, I let is defrost on my kitchen counter. *I’ve found the best deal on Ziploc bags of any size is at Costco.

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Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies
my Grandmother’s & Mother’s recipe

1 cup brown sugar AND sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
3 1/4 cup all purpose flour (I use unbleached all purpose)
1 tsp. salt AND baking soda
2 cups chocolate chips (or M&Ms, peanut butter chips, or a mixture of all!)

1) Soften butter to room temperature.

2) Add sugars, eggs, vanilla, salt and soda to butter and mix well.

3) Add flour one cup at a time.  Stir well.

4) Fold in chips.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill dough overnight (or atleast 4-6 hours).

5) For cookies, bake at 350 degrees 7-10 minutes (depending on your oven) and cool on wire rack.

TO FREEZE: The dough can be frozen for up to 2 months (maybe longer! Ours rarely makes it to the 2nd month! ha!).  To freeze, spoon dough onto plastic wrap.  Form into log-shape and roll up, covering completely, with plastic wrap.  I usually make 2 logs out of 1 recipe of dough.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt

22 Dec

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One of my faithful readers, Lisa, told me about a Christmas Scavenger Hunt that she’d found over at Layers of Learning. She had used it with her family on a recent out-of-town. Her family was in two vehicles for the excursion. Each car had a copy of the list, and they had a competition between the two vehicles en route to the destination. Whichever vehicle had the most checked off the list when they arrived were dubbed CHAMPIONS!

I LOVED this idea because we will be keeping the roads hot during the Christmas holidays. I’m always looking for new traditions to incorporate into our family, and I thought the Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt would be a good one. We will only be taking 1 vehicle, so I brainstormed different ways to use these with our family. Alas, a wonderful epiphany! Why not have a Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt involving the whole family? The alternative is to watch more and more and more TV. You know what I’m talking about! 🙂 Don’t you just love those moments over the holidays when everyone’s circled around the TV for the 3rd day in a row, just sitting, turning into the largest couch potatoes imaginable?!?!?  I don’t think my kids will remember anything about the 100th episode of Power Rangers viewed the day after Christmas. Fun, hilarious moments from a Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt, yes, these are the memories that they will keep with them for a lifetime.

We’ve been at my in-laws the last several days, and this was the test run for the Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt. Would it be fun? Would it be memorable, family-bonding time? After all, what bonds a family more than COMPETITION!?!!?!? Well, after our Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt last night, I must say that this is definitely a FUN tradition that our family will carry on for years to come! We had SO MUCH FUN–from the youngest to oldest family member! Next week when we’re at my parents, we’ll introduce it to my side of the family. So here’s what we did…

How to have your own Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt:

IMG_74441) Print the Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt sheet from Layers of Learning. I printed 3 copies of the document so that I would have enough for several teams. I even laminated mine with my favorite laminator so that we can use them year after year after year. Because I’m petrified of my children using dry erase markers in our van, I tracked down some WASHABLE dry erase markers at Wal-Mart for only $3.97! GLORIOUS! Thank you Crayola for making these! Here are some  other WASHABLE ones by Expo that are currently half price at Amazon!

2) Divide and Conquer.  There were 8 total people when we played last night, so I got a sheet of paper and wrote “1” four times and “2” four times. Everyone drew a number and filed into Team 1 and Team 2. At this point, the trash talkin’ commenced. Who says a little friendly competition isn’t good for you?!!?

3) Establish the Rules and Time Limit. The only rules that we established were that no one was to get out of the car and no “law breaking” to win (i.e. speeding, passing on a double yellow line, etc.). We set a 45 minute time limit for our game (which was perfect!). For each minute that you were late, you deducted one item off your Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt list. 1, 2, 3, and we were off!

IMG_7443The victors of the 2013 Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt. I’m sure they somehow cheated (My team didn’t win; I’m not bitter or anything!). The fun was too much for sons #2 and #3 who fell asleep during the Scavenger Hunt.

Have fun making memories with your family this Christmas!!

Funny Advent Calendar moment tonight (and How’s yours goin’?)

11 Dec

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Son #2, subject of our funny Advent Jesse moment tonight. Yes, he can touch his nose with his tongue. We’re hoping this will earn him a college scholarship in the near future.

Funny moment tonight with Son #2. We sat down to read our Advent Jesse devotion at dinner. Tonight’s story was about the 12 spies going into the land of Canaan**. When I read the passage from Numbers, here’s what happened:

Mommy: “Caleb and Joshua the son of Nun…”

Son #2: “What do you mean that Joshua didn’t have a Dad?”

Mommy: Ummm…(stalling, killing time, thinking “WHAT IN THE WORLD, son?!?!?”) I’m slow; I admit it. It finally hit me. “It’s Joshua the son of Nun, N-U-N…not Joshua the son of N-O-N-E, Son #2.” 🙂

I’ve been chuckling ever since. 🙂 What about your Advent Calendar/Calendars?!?! How’s it goin’? Would love to hear! Share your stories in the Comments below. If you have a funny moment like we did, I may feature it here! 🙂 Oh, and also, it doesn’t HAVE to be a funny moment; it can be a meaningful moment that your family has shared. Would LOVE to hear from you! 🙂

**Yes, I confess, we are behind on our Advent Jesse Tree. Reason #999,997 that you can KNOW that I don’t have it all together. There’s grace here @ Suzanne Shares, so if you’re behind, it’s okay! Just keep going!

Saint Nicholas resources

10 Dec

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I had a friend and faithful blog reader email me a couple of weeks ago asking for resources about Saint Nicholas. We read a GREAT book about him last year, but I can’t–for the life of me–remember the name of it! Well, my hubby was sent an article over the weekend that has GREAT resources about who Saint Nicholas was. You know he was a real person, right?!?!?

If Santa visits your home or if he doesn’t, this is an excellent source of information about Saint Nicholas to share with your children. And…because I want this blog to be a happy, encouraging, uplifting place, I’m bowing out on the “Santa” debate and not revealing what we do in our home. 🙂 After all, I only know what is best for my family, not yours. 🙂 There’s grace here @ Suzanne Shares. 🙂 Now, go read the article. 🙂